Are the police too heavy handed during student protests? #Fees2017

As student protests continue across the country students have been complaining of police heavy handedness and brutality in some cases.

Johan Burger, senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says police have been criticised over the years for conducting themselves in what has been described as unnecessary and brutal, although this is evident in a small percentage of the number of incidents they attend to.

He says he hasn't seen any change in the behaviour of the police in handling protests.

There are occasions when the police act out of line where they use unnecessary force and chances are they feel they are not closely monitored...

Johan Burger, Senior Researcher at Institute for Security Studies

Burger says violent incidents that the police have to deal with every year have increased. Incidents that turn violent have increased by 250%, he says.

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